SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – A suspected ‘Peeping Tom’ was arrested after he reportedly recorded young women changing clothes in a store at the Sawgrass Mills mall.
“It’s very sick, it makes me nervous about going into a changing room at the mall,” said Heather Loeffer who was doing a little shopping at the mall. “It’s a sick person. It’s a sick person to do something like that. It’s mind boggling really.”
Alexandra Paz, a manager at the Forever21 store, told police that Andre Clements went into the fitting room area and stayed there for an unusually long time, according to Clements’ complaint affidavit. Paz reportedly remembered seeing Clements doing this on several other occasions.
Her concerns deepened when a customer told her that she thought Clements, 30, was spying on them and she didn’t feel comfortable in the changing area.
Paz alerted mall security who in turn called Sunrise Police.
When police arrived, Paz noticed several large slits in the curtain which separated the fitting Clements was in and the adjoining fitting room.
Clements consented to being searched. In his bag, police found a small Sony camcorder and a Motorola phone. When asked if the phone was his, Paz produced an iPhone from his back pocket.
When asked if he made the slits, Clements reportedly said no but “spontaneously uttered that he did use the two phones to record in the fitting room,” according to the police report.
“I think that’s creepy, totally, I would never imagine something like that, that’s just creepy,” said shopper Judy Rodia.
A check of the phones revealed pictures and videos of young women in their underwear changing clothes. Clements reportedly said he had shot them minutes before the police arrived.
“It makes you want to go in with your children because it’s 12 years old and it’s a perversion, complete perversion. It is child pornography as well as just being just creepy,” said Amber Parrilla.
Clements was taken into custody and has been charged with video voyeurism and disorderly conduct.